Southport Pier. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Southport has been honoured as one of the top 10 coastal locations in the UK! 

Our town was deservedly featured in a list of the most ‘sought after’ locations in the country by property website Rightmove. 

Southport was praised for its great beach and top quality parks, with average house prices rising 5% since last year. 

It has been boosted by a growing trend for people looking to work from home in more desirable and beautiful locations than big cities. 

Southport is seeing a real resurgence at the moment thanks in part to £38.5million in Town Deal funding from the Government. 

The money has already supported the opening of the new Southport Market food, drink and events venue in a project led by Sefton Council, and the creation of a ‘boulevard of light’ along Lord Street in a scheme led by Southport BID. It also aims to create a new £75million Lakeside Events Centre and a spectacular light show in the Marine Lake. 

Southport was named sixth in Rightmove’s list, with Bournemouth taking top spot. 

It was one of only two towns in the North of England recognised, alongside Blackpool, with all eight others in the South of England. 

Describing the town, Rightmove said: “Just 30 miles south of Blackpool, Southport is a smaller and quieter option with a lovely sandy beach and several parks.

“Here, you can pick up a roomy, four-bedroom period house for around £300,000 to £400,000, a semi for less than £200,000, or a starter flat for circa £75,000.”

Rightmove’s market information shows that more home movers have been inspired to head to the coast in the past year.

Research suggests that the movers have been spurred on by the rise of working from home giving them more flexibility.

Bournemouth, Southampton and Brighton are leading the charge, with the biggest number of enquiries from house hunters on Rightmove this year.

However Southport appears sixth on the top 10 list, just behind Blackpool and Poole.

Rightmove’s list of the top 10 most sought-after coastal towns is:

  1. Bournemouth, Dorset

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 4%

Average asking price: £317,449,

  1. Southampton, Hampshire

Average asking price: £249,053

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 4%

  1. Brighton, East Sussex

Average asking price: £461,796

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 5%

  1. Blackpool, Lancashire

Average asking price: £137,301

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 8%

  1. Poole, Dorset

Average asking price: £406,566

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 5%

  1. Southport, Merseyside

Average asking price: £215,838

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 5%

  1. Eastbourne, East Sussex

Average asking price: £306,546

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 6%

  1. Worthing, West Sussex

Average asking price: £354,361

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 6%

  1. Hastings, East Sussex

Average asking price: £295,096

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 10%

  1. Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

Average asking price: £252,339

Average asking price increase (2021 vs 2020): 5%

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